Radio Atlantic: Becoming White in America

By Kevin Townsend

In her new book Futureface, Alex Wagner writes that “immigration raises into relief some of our most basic existential questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? And in that way, it’s inextricably tied to an exploration of American identity.” In the book, Alex explores her own American identity – daughter of a Burmese immigrant mother and a small-town Irish Catholic father – and asks how true the stories we grow up with really are.

Along with co-hosts Matt and Jeff, Alex is joined by The Atlantic’s deputy politics editor Adam Serwer to discuss the tangled intersections of history, heritage, family, race, and nationality. Is America truly a melting pot? Can nationalism be liberal? And is that stalwart American immigrant story just a history written by the victors?


Futureface (Alex Wagner, 2018)
“The Nationalist’s Delusion” (Adam Serwer, November 20, 2017)
“America Is Not a Democracy” (Yascha Mounk, March 2018 Issue)
”The End of Identity Liberalism” (Mark Lilla, New York Times, November 18, 2016)
”How Can Liberals Reclaim Nationalism?” (Yascha Mounk, New York Times, March 3, 2018)
“Why Are We Surprised When Buddhists Are Violent?” (Dan Arnold and Alicia Turner, New York Times, March 5, …read more

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